I visited Epcot on February 18, 2016 to see if some of the flowers and topiaries were already installed for the Flower and Garden Festival that begins officially on March 2. Usually they open the food booths a day early, in case you’re there. I thought I’d share my grand afternoon with you.
My 6 mile walk began with a Fastpass for the History of Disney Blogging attraction. Scene one shows my efforts from 2012 with my attempts at communicating character info on cave drawings. Here in 2013 I’m tapping out the papyrus while the Kings of Disneydom overlook.
After my ritual of shouting “thank you Phoenicians!” at the top of my lungs, I continued through the next few years of Disney blogging until I set new records each year. Seriously, I need to upgrade from the 1984 computer. Actually my t key on my laptop is broken, so I copy and paste t and T a lot. I guess I should start a gofundme for a computer that doesn’t pre-date the beginning of the blog. SSE broke down for a while, so I enjoyed my view of the globe for 6.23 minutes. If you click on any photo, you’ll see the unedited, full-sized photo in Flickr. Some are okay, others are blurry. It’s the real life of bloggerdom!
I walked through what used to be Innoventions West to find absolutely NO ONE around the Chase Disney Visa meet or the fabulous video game areas. And plenty of benches to sleep on.
I made my way around the corner to the utterly confusing Epcot Character Spot. So many people were asking how to use their Fastpass or going to the Fastpass kiosk next to Baymax to wait in line. Mickey and the Gang have FP+, Baymax does not. Mickey and gang on one side and Baymax on other.
Baymax had a nice line going around 1pm, but his line moves really quickly because its a fist bump or hug, photo and move on. Don’t be annoyed by the Cast Members providing a ton of directions like no pins, no sticky things, no purses, no sharpened pencils, no one with untrimmed fingernails. CM is just doing the job peeps.
A Baymax hug. I looked like that until I began my recent diet.
I headed over to the Land Pavilion to see what was going on since Soarin’ and the uber amazing Circle of Life film are closed. One lady asked why the doors are closed. Of course, she didn’t know those doors don’t usually appear there.
I found a steady lunch dining crowd at Sunshine Seasons
and a posted 10 minute wait for Living with the Land. I waited only 7 minutes. Come on people! A kid behind me said, “Look it’s a hidden Mickey!” Dad deflated him by saying, “Doesn’t look hidden to me.” I guess they missed the hidden Epcot. Maybe I should write a hidden Epcots book?
I then began my quest for flowers and topiaries. About the only times I visit Epcot are when they get something new, Spring and Fall. I’m a sucker for pretty things like flowers and my lovely wife.
I watched the Quickstep guys performing in the United Kingdom while chowing on Fish n Chips. No worries, I drank water and walked 6 miles.
I headed back over to Canada because I had not yet seen the tradnation group peform. Longest wait I had all day was for the stroller family to finish taking 62 selfies with all the flowers.
Okay, the music quality for this group is good. It has a country sound to it complete with the guy on the far right clogging a bunch. Usually Disney has an attractive young lady do those jobs, but he did it well.
Young guy’s main jobs: Playing strings and lowering the average age. I don’t want to bash a country sounding group singing French lyrics, but could be just bring back that group that really belongs here? It’s the second attempt in this area and neither were something I’d watch twice.
It was 2:30pm when I left Canada and headed back toward the UK. World Showplace gates flung open for me and characters abounded just to meet me. Okay, I’m kidding. It was a training meet and I arrived at exactly the right time.
Some others were out including Goofy and tigger. See it’s that stupid t key! Several of the Outdoor Kitchens were already set up. I’m going to call my BBQ grill an “Outdoor Kitchen” this summer!
I observed the American Music Machine. Beatbox guy with dreds is amazing. He’s like that dude that used to appear in all the comedy cop movies, but he can sing. It’s an acappella performance (are you hearing Barney Fife in your head too?) and he sings too. Musically, they are very good, but didn’t seem to really connect with each other on the duets. At least they weren’t pitchy, dawg.
Snow White and her 7 small, rich guys are ready for photos in Germany. I’m glad they pointed them in the other direction this year to catch the afternoon sun. Snow was looking a little pale last year.
China temple thingy is still behind tarps. No theme here because Shanghai took all the money. And you wonder why there’s a word called Shanghai’d???
Elsa will get her revenge as temperatures fall again next week and Cast Members have to place protective blankets all over the foliage. It’s a tremendous amount of work to try to save plants. Hopefully, it won’t drop that far.
So, Anna and Elsa are supposed to have a meet and greet here and it was supposed to open in early May? Hmmm, looks like yet another theme park building delay. Did it go over budget as well?
Here’s a couple more flowery shots for you to enjoy with your scone and latte this morning.
Well, enjoy your day and share this post with anyone you know who loves flowers and witty writing.